Alternative formsEdit


Inherited from the Medieval Byzantine Greek δέν (dén), from Ancient Greek οὐδέν (oudén, in no way).



δεν (den) (negating particle)

  1. not
    Δεν ήρθα χθες στο γραφείο.Den írtha chthes sto grafeío.I didn't come to the office yesterday.
    Δεν έρχεσαι μαζί μας;Den érchesai mazí mas?Won't you come with us?
  2. not (with stress on the negative aspect of a statement)
    Πήρε δεν πήρε εκατό ευρώ.Píre den píre ekató evró.He didn't even get one hundred euros.

Usage notesEdit

  • This form is used when the following letter is a vowel or a plosive consonant (κ, τ, π, ξ, ψ, γκ, ντ, μπ). Elsewhere δε (de) may be used.
  • δεν (den) and δε (de) are used with indicative verb forms, but μην (min) and μη (mi) are used with subjunctive verbs and imperatives.


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